What are the best gimmicky board games or party games with a strong hook?

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What are some of the best "gimmicky" board games out there with a strong visual or mechanical hook that will attract casual gamers? Gimmicky is probably not the best way to describe it, but I'm looking for games with standout, flashy, or memorable elements.

Here are some examples of the types of gimmicky games I'm thinking of:

#Wavelength

"A telepathic party game that sparks fun and engaging conversational thinking"

#Hues and Cues

"Using only one and two-word cues, players try to get others to guess a specific hue from the 480 colors squares on the unique game board"

#Ctrl

3D area control game. "Cover your friends cubes before they can cover yours!"

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Supporter2 months ago

#Secret Hitler always goes well the first time, although it does usually take 2 - 3 games to really get the game firing at top level.  I've also found #Sushi Go! to be fun and easy and Sushi in general is a pretty popular so it usually goes well.

I'll also mirror and say that #Throw Throw Burrito: Original Edition is a great party game.

Owner2 months ago

Great suggestions! It's been forever since I've played Sushi Go! but I'm sure the time will come when my son will be ready. Almost considered getting #Sushi Go Party! or #Sushi Roll just because of how cute and attractive they are to play with the family :D

Supporter2 months ago

Sushi Go is a good intro game.  I was able to start by removing about 3 types of cards with my oldest (back when she was 5), and added a new type with each successive play.

Supporter2 months ago

Also, thanks to another post I was reminded of #BANG! which I think is a lot of fun as a light party game.

Owner2 months ago

Great suggestion! I'll add that to the list.

Premium User2 months ago

#Throw Throw Burrito: Original Edition - you get to throw plush burritos at your friends. What's not to like?

This is a pure party game. This is not going to convince anyone to make the jump into board-game-land, but the gimmick is strong and fun.

Owner2 months ago

Ohh great suggestion! For some context, we'll be partnering up with a TikTok influencer to reach the "younger" audience. And the gimmicky/party games tend to do very well on that platform.

Premium User2 months ago

Oh nice, sounds fun! Yeah, Throw Throw Burrito would be great for that.

2 months ago

#Decrypto might be one, since it uses ye auld 90s element of secret decoder glasses-technology.

 

Owner2 months ago

I agree, it would definitely catch some eyes!

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